This article first appeared in Exhibitionist (Spring 2012) and is reproduced with permission. You can access the complete article by contacting us for a PDF link.
Written by Mia Schillace-Nelson, Founder/Partner and Creative Director of Outhouse Exhibit Services
We were thrilled to be included in the most recent issue of Exhibitionist magazine, an issue that is entirely dedicated to the most current trends in traveling exhibitions. Our article focuses on living collections in a non-zoo setting, and the various considerations any institution must evaluate before making even this short-term commitment.
In our ten plus years of developing and touring these types of exhibitions, we have witnessed time and again the impact of live animals on a traditional museum audience, and have seen our clients enjoy high attendance figures with the added benefit of a staff that is engaged and inspired by their role in the care and maintenance of the living collection.
"Without a doubt, we see increased visitor engagement, excitement, and more time spent in the gallery when live animasl are a part of the exhibition," says Mariah Romaninsky, Education Manager at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. "It makes the extra effort on the part of the staff worthwhile."
But these exhibitions and their inhabitants have special requirements and considerations, from who on your staff takes care of the animals on a day-to-day basis to the careful selection of a reputable organization.
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